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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

If You're a Moron, the GOP's Talking to You

The contrast shows the differences between the two parties. In the media, it's the conservatives who are generally considered the 'grown ups' -- the realists, men born in suits with a cigar in one hand and a martini in the other. Liberals are the dreamers -- people who have yet to realize that it's a cold hard world and the only wise thing to do is become just as cold and hard as everyone else.

Even the example of the Bush administration and the recent crop of Republicans hasn't changed that image all that much. Conservatives still dominate the news. This despite the obvious fact that the world-building visionaries, the dreamers who want to change everything, are on the right side of the aisle.

Barack Obama nad Hillary ClintonNothing highlights both this attitude and the two parties differences more than the coverage of a feud between Democratic frontrunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. We're shown this as evidence that the Democratic rivals represent a split in the philosophy of the party, not as evidence of the obvious -- that rivals in the primary races are opponents in a contest.

The high profile disagreement began simply enough. At the YouTube-sponsored Democratic debate, Barack Obama answered a question in a way that Hillary Clinton disagreed with. Asked if they would meet with the leaders of Venezuala, Syria, Iran, etc. in their first year in office, Obama said he would. Saying she wouldn't let herself become a propaganda tool, Clinton said she wouldn't.

Each thought they'd scored a legit point in the debate and both have since run with their opponent's answer. Clinton called Obama's answer 'naive' and Obama criticized Clinton's answer as being 'Bush/Cheney-lite.' Both are scoring press for their feud and neither shows any sign of letting up.

Meanwhile, let's see what the 'grown ups' are up to.

Right Wing Watch:

Sen. Sam Brownback got the ball rolling last week when he started running "robocalls" in Iowa questioning the pro-life credentials of Rep. Tom Tancredo and Gov. Mitt Romney. Tancredo was especially outraged that Brownback was targeting his campaign for accepting money from population-control zealot John Tanton, whose views the Brownback campaign characterized as "racist"...

It's hard to imagine that anyone who gives Tancredo money wouldn't be racist, but there ya go. Tancredo and Romney demanded Brownback apologize, Brownback refused, Tancredo attacked every other GOP candidate, they freak out, blah, blah, blah, wank, wank, wank.

Like I said, these are supposed to be the grown ups. While the GOPers fight over who's the most christian and who's the most racist (not necessarily a bad thing with some voters), the dems are arguing over foreign policy. In other words, the people the media would have you think are the dreamers are actually disagreeing on a substantive issue of global consequence, while the grown ups argue over trivial crap like children.

And that's why you don't hear a lot about these skirmishes on the right. They're idiotic and that doesn't fit the stereotype. And they're idiotic for a reason; because they're about what an idiot you are -- or, more accurately, what an idiot these guys think you are. You couldn't possibly understand global politics, much less have an opinion about them, so the Republican candidates talk to you like a moron. You couldn't possibly understand Darfur, so you get candidates trying to posture as the most 'pro-life.' You're too stupid to get economic policy, so instead you get an argument over which candidate's the most like Ronald Reagan. It's all public relations BS, as meaningful as a saturday morning commercial for bubble gum, and it's that way because they believe you're a freakin' moron.

That's why Giuliani performs such rhetorical acrobatics to put every damned question in the light of 9/11. That's why John McCain wanders through Baghdad with a cloud of helicopters overhead. That's why Mitt Romney thought he had to go out of his way to say that sex offenders are bad people. Because soundbites and photo ops and scary stories are all they think you're capable of understanding.

Whether Clinton or Obama is right in their argument is almost irrelevant. Clinton has a point; you can't just go globetrotting around starting talks with whoever just to have talks. That doesn't really serve any purpose and it'd be time consuming. On the other hand, Obama also has a point; that considering talking to the US to be a privilege and not talking to be a punishment is a mistake the Bush administration too often makes. For the purpose of this post, it's the fact that the argument exists at all that's significant. While there's a certain amount of dishonesty in both sides' characterization of the other's argument, Obama and Clinton expect you to be able to follow their reasoning. The right expects you to have a pavlovian response to buzzwords. Republican campaigns have a near total lack of substance.

If the Republican party plans to make any gains coming out of the primaries, they're going to actually have to stand for something. The debate about the future of Iraq, for example, is happening almost entirely on the left. The right won't talk about it -- other than to push BS about who's tougher on terrorists.

We've got problems we need to tackle and, despite what the marketing department of the Republican Party thinks, we understand what they are. Not only that, but we have opinions on them. If you check polling on national priorities, the War in Iraq is top (27%), followed by health care (9%) and the economy (8%) in open-ended surveys (i.e., polls that aren't multiple choice). Not on the list is whether Tom Tancredo's pro-life enough, whether anyone's not enough like Reagan, or that no one says the number '9/11' enough.

If these are the grown ups, then why are they talking to us like children?


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DFAL said...

You know, if you look at acadmemic achievement in America and look at districts that tend to vote Democrat versus those that vote Republican, you will clearly see that it is the Democrat communities that have the lowest academic achievement.

Looks like it is the people living in Democrat voting strongholds that are the morons.

Highest taxes, highest crime, lowest academic achievement--those aren't characteristics of a smart group of people.

As for your statement that "conservatives still dominate the news", that is either an outright lie or symptomatic of some seriously faulty logic (perhaps a little of both). Sunday political shows AREN'T the news. Few people watch them. Yet, you are claiming that Conservatives dominate the news--as in the nightly newscasts.

Got any fake military documents?

Wisco said...

Brilliant! Thanks for your wonderful example of the kind of moron that Republicans are talking to,

You start off with an unsupported (and unsupportable) declaration that Democrats are uneducated. I can do the same sort of thing -- all alcoholics are Republicans, all serial killers are Republicans, all people who are mean to puppies are Republicans. I don't have to prove any of this stuff, I can just say it and that makes it true.

And, yes, conservatives do dominate the news. As an obvious FOX News viewer, you have more evidence of that than most people.

All of which is somehow proof that dems are morons. Not sure why, exactly, but there ya go. Logic is irrelevant, it's ideology above all. Buzzwords and a bunch of bullshit you heard on Limbaugh is about all you've got -- and for some unknown reason -- that's all you need.

Keep letting all those talk radio guys do all your thinking for you. It's the only way that you can possibly believe that there's a GOP candidate out there who stands for anything at all.